New Features Highlights – PowerBroker Auditing & Security Suite 5.5

RESTful Web Service Improves Automation

After security, automation is a leading concern for IT organizations as it enables them to achieve the efficiency, speed, accuracy and consistent output needed to scale their businesses. With version 5.5, PowerBroker Auditor and Recovery for Active Directory helps IT organizations achieve this with the addition of a REST API to automate agent deployment, restore deleted objects or roll back unwanted changes to existing objects. This enhancement ensures that administrators will save time maintaining their auditing and recovery solutions. For a representation of this enhancement, please see the screenshot below.

FSMO Auditing Provides Visibility into Important Roles

The FSMO roles in an Active Directory environment are critical to the infrastructure. There can be times when these roles are migrated from aging hardware during upgrades, transferred during planned network maintenance, or switched during disaster recovery testing. Because of their importance, when these roles are moved administrators must be made aware to determine if the operation was planned. In version 5.5 of PowerBroker Auditor, any changes to the five FMSO roles will be audited and can be alerted on. This capability ensures that organizations have the visibility into potentially unwanted changes. For a representation of this new auditing capability, please see the screenshot below.

Re-Designed and Customized Reporting Provides Greater Flexibility

PowerBroker Auditor version 5.5 provides more flexibility around user-customizable reports. The product still leverages Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services for report subscription and automated delivery. Examples of this enhancement include:
  • Customizable report themes which allow organizations to adjust the report look and feel to match the organization’s logos or color schemes.
  • Customizable report layout allows the user to adjust column order, column width, column selection, grouping, or filtering so a report can be designed the way they want it to look.
  • Synchronize reports with audit views are used to search for specific or a broad range of events that can be published and synchronized so as the audit view is refined the reports will dynamically update.
With this new capability, customers are no longer limited to built-in reports and will benefit from automatically updated linked reports. For a representation of these new capabilities, please see the screenshot below.

TLS 1.2 Support Enhances Database Security

Security is a leading concern for all organizations. When attackers gain access to an organization they are primarily after data. In an effort to enhance security many are configuring their databases to only accept secure connections. In particular, only permitting connections to a SQL server that leverages the TLS 1.2 protocol. In PowerBroker Auditor 5.5, the updated database driver allows for more secure communication in environments where SQL is configured to only accept TLS 1.2 connections. Please see an example of this capability in the screenshot below.